Armed Forces Classification Test
The Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) is a 4-hour test that evaluates Airmen in the same four aptitude areas as the ASVAB. These aptitude areas relate to training success in particular groups of Air Force Specialties (AFS). Minimum scores are required for entry into certain AFSs that indicate the likelihood of training success in the AFS. While not a required exam, some Airmen may wish to take the AFCT to raise their scores for the purpose of qualifying for a retraining opportunity. The Education and Training Center offers the AFCT once a month. To schedule an exam, members will need to send an email request. Study materials for the ASVAB are available from the JBER-E Education and Training Center, the JBER Library, or the Peterson’s Education Resource Center website.
Air Force Officer Qualification Test
The Air Force Officer Qualification Test is a 3½-hour test used to help select candidates for officer commissioning programs and to classify commissioned officers into utilization specialties such as pilot, navigator, or technical. The Air Force Officer Qualification Test consists of 12 subtests. Subtests are used to compute one or more of the five aptitude composites. Scores on the subtests relate to performance in certain types of training. The Air Force Officer Qualification Test may only be taken twice in a lifetime and scores do not expire. The Education and Training Center offers the Air Force Officer Qualification Test throughout the year. To schedule an exam, members will need to send an email request. Study materials for the AFOQT are available from the JBER Library or Peterson’s Education Resource Center website.
Career Development Course
Career Development Courses are self-study courses that help enlisted personnel complete the specialty knowledge portion of the dual-channel on-the-job-training program. Enlisted personnel must complete Career Development Course successfully at various stages to advance in their careers. Career Development Courses are also available on a voluntary basis to others for career broadening. The Education and Training Center offers Career Development Course testing every Monday and Wednesday but does not accept test requests from the member. All mandatory Career Development Course enrollments and test requests must be submitted through the member’s Unit Training Manager (UTM).
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) exams give you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on a multiple-choice test. There are over 70 different CLEP and DANTES exams available and every one of them is free to service members. Only retests require payment. Over 2900 colleges and universities, including CCAF, accept CLEP and DANTES credit and many will allow you to transfer up to 30 semester hours of credit toward the requirements for your Bachelor’s degree. Examinees have two options for taking CLEP/DANTES tests: Wayland Baptist University or the University of Alaska Anchorage. Wayland Baptist University offers CLEP and DANTES testing by appointment Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at their Parkside campus near 32nd and Muldoon. Examinees can choose from a 10:30 a.m, 1 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. testing session. To schedule an exam, simply call 907-333-2277. The University of Alaska Anchorage offers testing on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at their University Center location at 3901 Old Seward Hwy, Room 112.
The DLPT exam evaluates the ability to understand written and/or spoken material presented in a foreign language. The test is open to any Airman that wishes to demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Depending on the needs of the Air Force, demonstrated proficiency in some languages can result in Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) pay. The online DLPT exam is administered over two days in two separate 3-hour blocks and, typically, consists of a reading and listening portion. In some instances, a telephonic Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) will be administered instead of, or in addition to, the online exam.
The DLAB exam evaluates potential ability to complete formal foreign language training. It is used to screen and select foreign language trainees. It is an online exam administered in one 90-minute block and consists of a reading and listening portion.
The Education and Training Center offers the DLPT and DLAB twice a month. To schedule an exam, members will need to send an email request.
Job Specialty Training
A small number of AFSCs are required to complete specialized Job Specialty Training testing to demonstrate job aptitude or maintain a particular job qualification. Depending on the AFSC, the test can be paper-based or online and last as little as 20 minutes or as long as 3 hours. The Education and Training Center offers JST testing once a month but does not accept test requests from the member. All mandatory JST enrollments and test requests must be submitted through the member’s Unit Training Manager (UTM).
Professional Military Education
PME courses are taken by both commissioned and non-commissioned officers. These courses teach leadership, management principles, and techniques of effective communication; problem solving, and analysis of professional reading materials; and international relations, national decision-making, and defense management. They also cover the psychology of learning, individual differences, and the techniques of teaching. The courses give students the broad skills and knowledge needed to be effective at various stages in their careers. PME tests are ordered through Air University, then, scheduled through Air Force Virtual Education (AFVEC). Submit questions on an email request.
Weighted Airman Promotion System
WAPS tests measure Airmen’s specialty and general military knowledge and produce test scores used in conjunction with other criteria for promotion. PFE and SKT scores are used in a weighted-factor promotion system to promote Airmen to Staff Sergeant through Master Sergeant. The PFE score is used in a combination of weighted and board scores for promotion to Senior and Chief Master Sergeant. Scores achieved on promotion tests contribute to each person’s total score used in promotion selection.
Each rank is tested within a cycle during a pre-determined testing window:
Cycle Testing Window
- E5: 1 May – 15 Jun
- E6: 1 Feb – 31 Mar
- E7: 1 Feb – 31 Mar
- E8: First and second weeks of December
- E9: Second week of September
The Education and Training Center administers WAPS testing for the duration of each cycle but does not accept test requests from the member. All WAPS testing dates will be assigned by the Unit WAPS Monitor. Members are strongly encouraged to visit their Unit WAPS Monitor to obtain the current WAPS catalog and discuss responsibilities, expectations, and any circumstances that may require a special test date.
For more information on the following tests, stop by or call the Education and Training Services Center at: 907-552-3164